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PARENTS MAKE A STAND AGAINST FORCED CHILD REMOVAL BY SALFORD CITY COUNCIL
 

Star date: 20th September 2018

CIVIC CENTRE SEES PARENTS RAISE AWARENESS OF COUNCIL CHILD REMOVAL PRACTICE

"We're not doing this for the parents we're doing this for the kids, because kids are being hurt..."

Today saw parents who have had their children removed stage an awareness demonstration outside Salford Civic Centre... "We're not fighting for our kids to be brought back to us now, we're fighting for a better system for our kids in the future because it's not right what's going on, it's really not" Katie Jane told the Salford Star.

The demonstration is set to continue tomorrow (Friday) and next week until the 25th September, with networking in Victoria Park over the weekend.

Full details here...


Salford Council Child Removal Awareness Demonstration Salford Council Child Removal Awareness Demonstration Salford Council Child Removal Awareness Demonstration
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Today, outside Unity House at Salford Civic Centre, parents who have had their children removed by Salford City Council staged an awareness demonstration with signs reading 'Children are being stolen from loving families and sold by local councils to fill their supply and demand', and 'Don't you want to know what's going on in the system?'...

They stood in the rain all afternoon telling anyone who would listen about their experiences and what they see as an unjust system.

Katie Jane said, it was "the social worker's word against mine" in a case that saw her son taken from her for alleged physical abuse, which she obviously heavily disputes, while her daughter was fast-tracked for adoption...

"There were no court orders provided, my human rights weren't explained to me and I've had no physical contact with my son" she added "He keeps telling me how much he misses me and wants to come home. I'm the only parent he's really had...My daughter has been placed with adoptive parents but there's been no final custody so I'm trying to oppose that. The social workers are refusing to give me any information about her...

"They tried saying I was abused as a kid, which I wasn't, and that I had a bad upbringing...but it consisted of holidays abroad, and going to opera, ballet and theatre" she explained "I had a pretty rich upbringing but because I put myself in care as a teenager I was seen as a prime target."

Katie Jane said that since losing her children she had tried to kill herself several times... "It's not something I'm ashamed of, having gone through that..."

With her on the demonstration was a young lad who was adopted and finally, today, was contacted by his biological siblings; Roland, whose family had been through the system; Dave who claimed his daughter was victimised by social services; and Stuart, who had numerous mental health and drug issues but has now sorted out his life...

"Me and my ex-wife had our kids removed in 2016, and they split my children and step-child up; my youngest daughter is in foster care and my son they are trying to adopt out" he explained "I've been to court to try and get them back either to my ex-wife or me but they are refusing, with no reasons given. They just bring out the past, but I can't do anything about what I did in the past...all I can do is try to make a better future...

"...But it's like a kangaroo court, they don't need any evidence, just hearsay, and the judge just believes everything" he added "With my criminal record they'll make it look like it was yesterday to make me look worse than I am. They over-exaggerate and throw things in that aren't even true...I am still fighting for my children and also to change it for future parents..."

Also outside the Civic Centre was Kyle, who, when younger, had been in care, together with his wife. After his wife's mum passed away their children were taken into care...

"The couple are now separated and social services are trying to play one off against the other" explained Katie Jane "The court case is on 25th September and we'll be outside court to support Kyle."

Indeed, the group is to continue making a stand outside Salford Council HQ tomorrow (Friday) and next week until the court case, with networking in Victoria Park over the weekend...

"What I'm fighting for isn't for me it's for my kids in the future, because kids who have been in care at any point in their life become prime targets when they have children" Katie Jane said "I'm only 23 but I don't want my grand-babies being taken away. It's a constant supply, putting kids in care and then it happens to their kids as well; a perfect supply chain.

"We're not doing this for the parents, we're doing this for the kids, because kids are being hurt" she added "Even if there is a risk, social services should be coming into the house and offering to help the families, teaching them, not removing the children because that's the cheapest option and the one that brings in the most revenue. They do ask you to put friends and family down as potential adopters but they will dig into their lives, find something slightly wrong and will cancel it."

The Salford Star certainly knows of instances where this has happened, been challenged and overturned. The demonstration is hoping to bring such issues to light...

"We're not hassling anyone, we're just stood there" said Katie Jane "If anyone wants to know anything they can ask us questions. I wouldn't say this is a protest more an awareness raiser, like a stand.

"We're not all fighting for our kids to be brought back to us now, we're fighting for a better system for our kids in the future" she concluded "Because it's not right what's going on, it's really not..."


* Salford Council does not respond to enquiries from the Salford Star so unfortunately we cannot get a comment from the authority...

Mary ferrer wrote
at 12:59:32 on 23 September 2018
A child is not a bit of property.They are human beings like the rest of us. They deserve to live without fear and be safe. If there is a concern for a child's safety then that child should be removed until enquiries are made and it is felt there is no fear of mistreatment. How many times have children slipped through the net and are no longer with us.

Michael hughes wrote
at 19:15:37 on 22 September 2018
Hi Please check out the Common Law group who can help as its illegal to take privat property under common law you can take back control of your property your children under common please google them and there on FB good luck. Mike😎🇦🇺

Samantha Richards wrote
at 16:58:03 on 21 September 2018
Mary ferrer- I mean not disrepect I was also a sheep who thought there had to be a reason to take someone's child then I found myself in a situation where I will explain. August 2015 I recieved a phone call to say my son was going to be a father "6 hours before the birth" I was shocked but most importantly I wanted to know where mum and baby were as both under 18. Refused to tell me as I offered the child a place to live as planning immediate removal I asked on what basis "emotional harm " the baby was not born and this was predicted I offered to have both mothe and child so the baby didn't go into the system. They promised a visit the following day and 3 years on I am still awaiting to meet the "social worker's ". Hard to believe as time went on I demanded to know where the child was, they ontained medical record's and done checks without any consent and a DNA on a child in law under 18. We didn't know they had been to court as we were not told. Evidence emerged and my granddaughter sustained several head injuries from 6 weeks old in placement she had 5 different placements. There was no voluntary care as they they told the hospital by mum as she was a child and her mother had to consent for everything too. Nobody was told they had already obtained a court order with a twin track for adoption. At 22 weeks into a 26 week case I was told to get a solicitor,I tried 3 and said it was to far gone to prepare a case. The local authority were happy to only add the parents (both under 18) not the adults who held full custody and residence as well as full parental rights. (one who had been in and out care and had a legal duty to her but that was ignored and her mental health) there was no assessments carried out and when I finally paid 7k we found my granddaughter had already had 2 adoption stamps before the final hearing. I have never met the judge or my son who granted the twin track as another stepped in. We're still fighting now. We managed to obtain document's and just found out she's been in care the social worker was found to not be registered,and nobody knew this person who gave a statement to court. We were not service user's and parental papers were signed as we have everything to prove everything including emails advertising my grandchild at 6 hours old to conflict of interest and fraud within the local authority and solicitors taking back handers in claiming 2 sets off legal aid. No crime committed no drugs/alcohol or convictions. My son was left traumatised after seeing injuries and threats made as covering for another baby's murder by adopter Matthew-fully hicks who murdered baby Elsie aka shayla O'Brien in Cardiff only 2 weeks after adoption. The mother went on to have another baby with another person (looked after male) that child was taken. Records calling them migrant children when British Nationality.

Clodagh wrote
at 11:02:49 on 21 September 2018
Social services LIE the whole system is corrupt they don't need evidence it's not a criminal court in which case they need hard psychical evidence! I've had involvement with social services in the past and the lies they put into reports and if you don't do as they tell you they threaten you with care orders and or child protection conferences, without any valid reason ! It's all potential future risks ! They are LIARS

Mary ferrer wrote
at 05:58:24 on 21 September 2018
I am a little lost here. Surely a court order is needed to remove a child from their parents.and social services would need a good reason. A parent who was in care,is not a valid reason to remove their child.No one can just knock on the door and take your child,without a very valid reason.I am not saying this hasn't happened,but it sounds very odd to say the least. Have these parents not got legal advice. I was under the impression this type of issue would be heard in the family courts. And social services would have to show just cause in wanting to remove a child.the child should be at some forms of risk for the courts to give permission

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